5.30.2014

Spring

Well, it's only a few weeks away from the beginning of Summer but I'm finally feeling like it's Spring around here in the  PNW.

The weather is starting to pick up and we are getting some rather nice days, so I'm finally able to put some of my indoor projects on hold and starting up on some outdoor ones.

I've only started with my front pots but I have 5 big pots of flowers to fill for our back deck. Yikes! Flowers sure aren't cheap, but they sure are pretty.



I recently painted those black pots, they were light green. I think the black really makes the flowers pop.

Speaking of black, I am totally digging black fences right now. I have seen a few on pinterest and I'm trying to convince the hubs (Hi, Honey! :) ) to let me paint ours black.

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Not sure that's going to happen but I'll continue to dream about it. I just love how the green shows up so well against it and with our plants and flowers I think it would look so good.

What about you? Would you do a black fence?

I'm linking up to Best of the Nest today to share my Master Bedroom makeover. Hop on over to see what everyone else is showing off this month.



Have a great weekend, and hopefully I'll be back soon to share more outdoor photos.


5.23.2014

Story of a Chair

I got a lot of likes and inquiries about this chair when I showed sneak peeks on Instagram, and then during my master bedroom reveal, so I thought I'd share how this chair came to be mine.




Melaine of My Sweet Savannah so graciously shared with me her upholsterer's contact info, and one day when I was picking up drapes that had been hemmed, the upholsterer showed me the chair and fabric that she was using to do Melaine's chair. When I saw the fabric alone, I knew it was going to look great. Not long after, Melaine showed the chair on her Instagram and asked if anyone was interested. Me! I was. I really don't have anything like this in my home, but I knew I loved it and I would find a spot for it. You know what? I did find the most perfect spot for it.
So, make a note if you see something you really love just get it and you will find a spot for it. And if you see an old tired chair but the bones are good, give it a little thought because it can turn into something fantastic with a little TLC and creativity.

This is what the chair looked like when Melaine found it.

Then she did her magic...

 It's kind of hard to see in the photo but it's very Restoration Hardware'ish. I am smitten with the ticking stripe details! Melaine did a great job of making over this chair!

If you don't already follow her on her blog, My Sweet Savannah, you really must. Or follow her on Instagram too. She has such great, inspirational photos that I like everyone of them and feel rather like a stalker. Oh well, I am what I am. Haha.

Also, if you are a local to me (greater Seattle area) Melaine is having a flea market type sale at her house tomorrow (Saturday, May 24). I am sure she's going to have some great things. You can see more details on her Instagram acct.

Have a great Memorial Weekend!

5.14.2014

Master Bedroom and Bath Before and After

There really isn't anything more exciting than before and after pictures, so here is my recent makeover of our master bedroom and bath.

BEFORE

AFTER
 All the walls were give a board and batten treatment to add some architectural elements to the room, and add texture and "character" in this pretty boring room. The yellow paint was happily painted over with Clark + Kensington's White Knights.

Our plan was to mount the tv to the wall above the dresser but sadly where our outlets are it was not possible to do unless the electrician went under the house. We may do that someday but are putting that on the back burner right now.

BEFORE


New drapes were added to lighten up the room, and woven shades were added for texture and privacy. Note the drapes are hung much higher giving the illusion along with the board and batten of higher ceiling.
New side table were added again for texture and more of an airy, beach-y feeling.
Also, an upholstered headboard was added and a few new pillows.


BEFORE



AFTER
Amazing what a difference there can be if you just clean up. Lol!
You may notice I had a slipcover on my desk chair in the before shot, and not in the after shot. Sadly, at the 12th hour of redoing this room, I decided to try and dye the slipcover blue. It.turned.purple!!
I am going to go back and try again with a darker blue and hopefully, crossing fingers I'll be able to save it. If you've had something like this happen to you and have advice, please help.

BEFORE


AFTER 


BEFORE

AFTER
 The clutter of leftover mirrors and other miscellaneous items that became the dumping ground were put in a proper place and I brought in a new chair.

BEFORE

AFTER

 Treadmill is still here, and frankly even if we did move it out into the garage I don't know what I put in it's place. I mean how many chairs can a room have? So this is where it shall remain... I think...



BEFORE

AFTER  
 Such a difference huh?


BEFORE

AFTER

Despite the work of the board and batten treatment, this was such a quick makeover. It truly is amazing what paint can do for a room. Don't you agree?

I haven't gotten good shots of the bathroom/shower area yet, but will share those with you when I do. It's hard shooting a small space.

I will also do another post on the board and batten soon.













5.13.2014

Master Bedroom Break Down Part 2

After redoing our master bedroom (part of the One Room Challenge), we had to also update our adjoining master bath area.

Here's the break down of that area.

 This is the view from our bedroom area to our bathroom area.
As you can see we continued the board and batten in here as well, and painted it white.
I forgot to share the paint color yesterday in my post about our bedroom, but we used Clark & Kensington White Knights.


 This is the view from the doorway into our bedroom/bathroom area.

Hamper: French Wire Hamper and liner from Pottery Barn
Wall Light: Lowes
Ceiling Light: Lowes
Woven shade: Levolor cut to size from Lowes in Origami



Shower Curtain: Serena & Lily
Stool: Target, basket turned upside down
Bath Mat: Target Threshold textured bath mat




White lantern: Target, I don't see it online anymore
Glass and burlap lanterns: Beachglass (local store, Mukilteo, WA)



If there was anything I missed let me know.

I'll show before and after shots tomorrow.

5.12.2014

Master Bedroom Break Down Part 1

Thank you to all that left such sweet comments about my master bedroom reveal after doing the One Room Challenge! It really lifts a girl's spirits let me tell you. I think I responded back to everyone that commented personally through email but for those that have "no-reply" accounts, I want you to know that I'm so grateful for you for stopping by my blog and taking time to leave such nice notes for me.

Do not get me wrong, I am so flattered that so many have said they liked my makeover, but what it really comes down to is if my husband and I like the room... and we do! This room now is so much lighter and airy feeling. It doesn't feel like a dark hole and I'm doing my best not to let it be a dumping ground of miscellaneous stuff anymore. I think I kept it some what gender neutral. It's a little on the feminine side but not dramatically so.

Now the break down of what I used and why I came up with this design plan.


I have white walls in just about every room in my house now, which I absolutely LOVE! I know white walls are not loved by everyone but I love it because it keeps our house feeling light and fresh.

Here in the Pacific NW, we have a lot of dark gloomy days, as you may have heard. I also live in a wooded neighborhood and that makes our days even a little darker than some homes in this area.

After 13 years living in this home, I finally got sick of it always feeling so dark, and have embraced the idea that we must lighten it up to keep myself and our family sane during those 300 days of dark gray days. So despite going lighter in the other rooms of the house, I was still torn about if I should go dark or light. I thought in the bedroom it might be okay to go really dark since it's a bedroom and where we sleep after all. After much deliberation  I decided the light way was the right move, since we also use the room for our office space, and reading. I am so happy I decided to go this lighter scheme way, for now I have the most perfect little hideaway spot for doing some reading and surfing the net. You can find me here quite often now and before, I was hardly ever in this room.


My inspiration was obviously the  beach and a little from our visits to Hawaii ( a favorite destination of my husband and mine). Some of my favorite restaurants on Maui or Kauai are decorated with bright white walls, usually planked, and accented with dark floors and/or furniture. Since I already had the darker furniture, I knew this look would give me the same feeling.

Though I absolutely love planked walls, and even did this application in the girls' bathroom, I knew I could not do that to this entire space. This room is HUGE and to redo all the walls and in the master bathroom suite as well, would be quite the spendy and time consuming project. So instead, my second love is board and batten. This is not the true board and batten because we left out the board part. Again to install the boards from ceiling to floor would be uber expensive and I think we achieved the look regardless with just the strips of boards. I really love the look from floor to ceiling.


I'll give you a quick tutorial on how we did the wall treatment in another post.


Where I bought things:

Bedding: Arabella Duvet & Shams from Z Gallerie ( bought awhile back and no longer sold)

Headboard: Lewis Headboard from Pottery Barn with the White Organic Twill slipcover
 
Throw Pillows: 2 Moroccan Pillows are from Etsy. Seller Oh My Pillow. White Pillow with blue stripes from HC Home in Snohomish (a local store)

Drapes: Oxford Stripe Window Panels from Serena & Lily You can't tell from my photos but they are a tiny pinstripe and are so cute.

Woven shades: Levolor cut to size Bamboo shades in Origami from Lowes 

Mirror: Serena & Lily woven mirror Daisy

Side Tables: Laguna Tray Side table from Pottery Barn

Lamps: Architectural Salvaged Square Urn Lamps from Pottery Barn. No longer available.
Lamp Shades: from Pottery Barn. (Burlap Upholstered tapered shade in navy)

White chair and ottoman are the Jenny Lund Ektorp chair and Ektorp ottoman from Ikea 

Stripe pillow on chair: from Restoration Hardware. No longer available online, and found at their outlet store.


Round rattan tray: Target Threshold line 



Wall art: Etsy, Seller Vintage by the Shore

Frames: Ribba frames from Ikea

I will post a part 2 tomorrow so not to let this post go too long.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

5.08.2014

One Room Challenge- Master Bedroom Revealed

Here we are week 6! I transformed my master bedroom in 6 weeks while participating in Linda's, Calling it Home, One Room Challenge series.

If you are just tuning in (btw, thanks for stoping by!) here are my weeks following up to today's reveal. Week 1, Week 2, Week  3, Week 4, and Week 5.

Now we all know on reveals like this, we really want to just see the photos right? So, let's get down to business.....







































Whew! Sorry about all the photos! I hope you enjoyed following me along as I fixed up my master bedroom this past month and a half. I can not tell you how much better it feels in this space now. I actually want to spend time in here now. No more shutting the door, afraid someone may peek in. Now I am proud to show it off.

I'll be back on Monday to give more details about the room and show the before and afters. Gotta love a good before and after shot.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I'll address all questions on Monday's post.

Thanks to all that followed me along these past 6 weeks and sent encouraging messages. It really helps a girl when you're in those self-doubt moments.

Be sure to see all the other fabulous reveals who participated in the One Room Challenge, here and linking participants here.

Also, linking up to Best of the Nest for May, here

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